Five for Five: The Office of Writing


I lean back and swivel in the chair, pen in mouth, pen between my fingers flinging back and forth, 7 tabs open on my safari, 3 Microsoft word documents open, Sometimes Netflix in the backgroud, sometimes tunes playing from Spotify..I spend half my time at my desk daydreaming, procrastinating, reading, scrolling instagram until a moment sweeps in like rain and the lightbulb turns on…I write, I procrastinate, write, get up and eat, sit back and swivel.. its an art of office procedures that induce labor of writing…

I. What are your feelings on the question of e-readers vs. print books?

I think it’s cool, that we have e-books, I think e-books are effective for big, bulky books and textbooks, that you don’t want to carry around; however to me, it’s just a matter preference. I personally prefer print, however if I need to, I will get an e-book for select texts. I think no matter how technologically advanced society gets, there’s something timeless and beautiful about print books that e-books can never compare to.

II. Things that inspire you that have nothing to do with printed words

The television series, House MD, rain, fresh bread, a hot cup of coffee, pizza, walks around the city, going to new places and people watching. There are many things that inspire me, I just can’t think of all of it right now.

my office during graduate school -2017

my office during graduate school -2017

III. What are some favorite items in your office? Secondly, how much of your writing happen in your office?

My post-it wall which is, as it sounds: a wall full of post-its that include scriptures, quotes, thoughts, reminder, etc; My cup of pens…which, I don’t know why its my favorite but it is; the books and my desk chair.

I would say a fair amount of writing happens there but majority of it happens while i’m laying in my bed about to go to sleep, or when i’m on instagram about to post something and my image triggers something. Sometimes if I sit down to write, I don’t really write much, my writing comes when it wants though I do try to keep myself in a writerly discipline by forcing myself to write at times.

IV. What is your relationship with critique?

I think my relationship with critique is a positive one, It’s like a friend I don’t get to see often but always long to see them and spend time with because they make you laugh, and smile but know how to challenge you and provoke you. ..yeah, that’s our relationship, critique is a good, good friend of mine, the right friend of mine.

V. Books that you reread again and again

The Holy Bible, Jackknife & Light by Michelle Murphy, The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, What We Ask of Flesh by Remica L Bingham, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth by Warsan Shire, The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Friends by Rosa Guy, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, By Ntozake Shange are some.